Stanford Economist Rips NCAA's Pay Rules At Antitrust Trial

Law360, Oakland, Calif. (September 5, 2018, 8:37 PM EDT) -- A Stanford University sports economist criticized the NCAA's rules restricting student-athlete pay on Wednesday in a California federal bench trial over allegations the NCAA's grant-in-aid caps violate antitrust laws, saying college basketball and football is not a "fragile enterprise dependent on how much players get paid."

During the second day of a trial in Oakland, California, Dr. Roger Noll said there's "zero evidence" that removing the NCAA's compensation rules would negatively impact consumer demand.

"If you start paying athletes more, it won't change the relative power of the conferences," he said.

Noll's comments followed similar testimony that another economist, University of...

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